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Bits: £787 in Business to Bangkok and other silly Qatar fares, Kaligo promo ending, Amex 2015 FHR brochure

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Qatar Airways launching Amsterdam with more silly fares

Qatar Airways will fly from Amsterdam to Doha from June 16th.  This is a new route and will be served by a Boeing 787 featuring the latest impressive 1-2-1 business class seating which I reviewed here and which is pictured below.

To kick off the service, Qatar is offering some very attractive launch fares based on two people travelling together.  Quoted fares are, per person:

  • Dubai €1010 (£743)
  • Bangkok €1070 (£787)
  • Phuket €1195 (£879)
  • Maldives €1895 (£1395)
  • Bali €1625 (£1196)
  • Hong Kong €1340 (£986)
  • Singapore €1670 (£1230)
  • Tokyo €1470 (£1082)
  • Kuala Lumpur €1465 (£1078)

Other destinations are also available. Note that this is the average price for two people travelling.  If you search for one person you will not see this pricing.

The deadline for booking tomorrow, 28th March.

Remember that these fares earn Avios and BA tier points.  Most of the Asian routes will generate 560 tier points  return!

You can book for travel up to 31st August.  You need to book via the Qatar Airways website here to get these fares – they will not be on Expedia etc.  Don’t forget to select Amsterdam as your departure point.  (Thanks to Sean)

Qatar 787 350 business class

Kaligo promotion ending on Tuesday – last chance to book

A quick reminder that the current hotel booking promotion ends on Tuesday.  If you have already made a booking with them during February or March, you might want to squeeze in another one to hit a higher bonus threshold.

You earn the following Avios bonuses for your combined spend in February and March:

3,000 Avios if you spend £250

10,000 Avios if you spend £500

20,000 Avios if you spend £1,000

Full details are in this article.  You have until January 2016 to complete your booked stays.

Four Seasons Hampshire

Amex ‘Fine Hotels & Resorts’ brochure for 2015 now online

Finally, if you have an American Express Platinum card, you’ll be interested to know that the 2015 Fine Hotels & Resorts directly is now available online.  The link is here.

FHR, as it is known, offers Platinum holders special deals at top hotels across the world.  You receive free breakfast, a GUARANTEED 4pm check-out, free wi-fi, potentially an upgrade at check-in and usually a credit of $100 or so towards your food and drink spending.

Four Seasons Hampshire, pictured above, is a hotel I often book via FHR.  The guaranteed 4pm check-out means you can make the most of a weekend break.

The free wi-fi is a new benefit for 2015 as I originally revealed here.

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  1. Awesome. I’m Looking down the barrel of at least £600 in seat booking charges this year as a lowly blue. This should get me silver, which makes the real cost of some of these routes less than the economy equivalent. Thanks.

    • Bugger. I thought I had 80 tier points this year and I did, but the year ran out about a week ago. Whoops! That means I need to find 40 more tier points. I guess paying a full cash CE fare to Amsterdam is the best bet.

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